“Wear Your Red Suit”

We all have those days. You are just not feeling it. I had one of those days today. I just  wanted to put my hair in a pony tail and throw on some sweats, drop on the couch and mentally check out. If I was a toddler, I would have whined, “I don’t wannnnaaaaa,”

Then I remembered what my mom told me when I first started working.

When you have a day you’re not feeling good or confident, wear your red suit.

This was back in the days where working in a corporate environment required dressing in a skirt, blouse, a jacket, heels — and pantyhose. For my mom, red was her “power color” and she looks great in it. What she meant was that when you don’t have that internal drive, use the externals to pick yourself up.

And I think that is great advice.

This is not about hiding behind what you are wearing and putting on your makeup like a mask. We have all done that, and you can get by for a bit. But the mask falls off, and you can only pull yourself up by your bootstraps for so long before it just doesn’t work.

This is about reminding yourself of your value because of  Whose you are.

So this morning as I was putting on my makeup, I reminded myself that I have value, not because I am important, but because I am created in the image of my Father. As I put on my mascara, I reminded myself that if, as it is said, the eyes are the window to the soul, that my eyes should reflect the love of my Lord that is in my heart.

As I stood in my closet, I pulled on my favorite black slacks. Then instead of a dark hoodie, I selected a top I feel good in; the one that is bright colored with a peacock feather motif. I chose this because I am the daughter of the King of the Universe. I have been bought with the  highest price I can imagine, the blood of my Lord and Savior, Jesus. Then I grabbed a bracelet, a pair of bangle earrings and I thanked my Lord for His grace and favor.

As I leave my room, I feel confidant. Not in who I am, but in Whose I am. And while I’m not wearing a red power suit, I took my mother’s advice.

A few minutes later, I was prompted to call a friend and tell her she had been on my heart and I had been praying for her. She said, “You have no idea how much I needed this today.”  And I stopped to thank Him that He allowed me to take the focus off of myself and place it where it should be — on Him.

If that had been the only thing I did today, it would have been a great day. But I had a thoroughly lovely day. No telling what I would have missed if I had not reminded myself of who I really am, where my confidence should come from, and, most importantly, on Whom my focus should be.

I expect tomorrow to be another great day, and I know how to make sure it is.


  1. Your take on a suggestion made many years ago is far more inspiring than any red suit. Your power is in your heart and given to you by your dedication to your faith. May your peace touch all that you come in contact with each day. You are so special, Debbie.

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